No One Ever Said Mapping Time Was Easy.

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201 Moore Street · Brooklyn, NY

How to find us

Take the L-train, walk a block past Roberta's and look for the big, red signs.

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If you've ever tried to map a historical database, you understand how hard it is to do all the things at once. Showing data over time presents unique issues: overlapping features, navigation through time and parallel boundaries/standards/data are just the beginning.

Well, we are going to help you get started by presenting a few projects which went all the way there. Whether through obsession or assigmnet, they've scraped old books and photographed old maps. They've digitized and georeferenced. And they've finally made something new from the activities of the past.

So join us for a little time-travel with maps. We look forward to seeing you in the past and future.


Laura Bliss [@mslaurabliss (] is a writer and journalist who writes about infrastructure, the environment, and maps. Find her work on (where she is a staff writer), the Atlantic, Mother Jones, Los Angeles magazine, GOODmagazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and beyond. Based in New York, she is a militant Angeleno by birth.

Levi John Wolf [@levijohnwolf (] is a Geography Ph.D. candidate advised by Sergio Rey. He studies spatial analysis, electoral geography, and operations research at Arizona State University, and is a visiting fellow at the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago. He is a quantitative social scientist, using spatial statistics and geocomputation to help make sense of US politics, economics, and social dynamics. In the past, he has published on spatial income inequality, spatial statistical methods, and electoral systems analysis. His dissertation focuses on the spatial dimensions of electoral change, improving measures, methods, and models that are used to analyze redistricting plans and estimate political bias in electoral systems. (presenting by hangout)

Leah Meisterlin [@lmeisterlin (] is an urbanist, GIS methodologist and Assistant Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Broadly, her research engages concurrent issues of spatial justice, informational ethics, and the effects of infrastructural networks on the construction of social and political space. Her current research explores the ways in which digital technologies are restructuring urban spatial politics and altering methods, both contemporary and historical, of urban research.

Bert Spaan [@bertspaan (] of Space/Time & NYPL's historical maps is a computer scientist and cartographer at NYPL Labs, The New York Public Library's digital innovation unit. At NYPL Labs, Bert works on the NYC Space/Time Directory, a project which aims to turn historical maps and other geographic sources from the library's collection into a digital time-travel service for New York City.

6:30PM: Mingle: doors, drinks, pizza! and people
7:00PM: Presentations & Q&A
8:30PM+: After hours celebrations